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A Bot Writes Batman

A Bot Writes Batman

Comedian Keaton Patti claims to have fed an AI system 1000 hours of footage from Batman movies (we didn’t know there were that many), and then let its tech produce a new script based on what it learned. Nerd Odyssey posted the very silly result of his efforts, with animation by C4DNerd.

You Can’t Take My Door

You Can’t Take My Door

What happens when you load up an artificial intelligence neural network with lyrics to country music’s greatest hits, and then ask it to write its own tune? You end up with this gem, courtesy of Botnik Studios. We have to wonder if this is how Bad Lip Reading creates its song lyrics.

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AI Learns Hide and Seek

AI Learns Hide and Seek

Machine learning tech keeps getting more impressive. OpenAI created two teams of competing agents – one that seeks, and the other that hides. What’s truly amazing is how the self-supervised agents started creating obstacles to improve their chances, despite being given no explicit incentive to use those objects.

Google Translatotron

Google Translatotron

Károly of Two Minute Papers explains how Researchers at Google have devised an AI-backed translation tech which maps speech to speech without an intermediate translation to text. What’s really amazing is that it can synthesize the voice of the original speaker into the other language. Listen to some of its voice samples here.

TossingBot

TossingBot

Engineers from Princeton University and Google Brain Robotics show off a pair of robotic arms which work together with custom algorithms to toss and catch small objects. Machine learning allows the system to quickly figure out how to toss new objects accurately.

Nvidia GauGAN

Nvidia GauGAN

This amazing software uses deep learning tech to create photorealistic nature scenes by sketching fields of color which represent objects and materials. The results are impressively convincing, complete with reflections. Learn more on Nvidia’s blog.

Deep Learning Music Video

Deep Learning Music Video

Experimental band Hardcore Anal Hydrogen created a trippy and vibrant music video for their thrash metal track Jean-Pierre, created with the help of artificial intelligence tools like Deep Dream, Neutral Style Transfer, and DeepFlow. Read more about the project here.

AI Generated Faces

AI Generated Faces

Researchers from NVIDIA demonstrate “A Style-Based Generator Architecture for Generative Adversarial Networks,” which is a fancy way of describing artificial intelligence that’s capable of creating human face variants and other objects that never actually existed in real life.

AI Image Restoration

AI Image Restoration

Two Minute Papers presents a look at an amazing bit of image enhancement tech from Nvidia, Aalto University, and MIT which uses machine learning algorithms to identify noise in an image, and dramatically reduce it, recovering details that were thought to be lost.

Lyrebird Voice-cloning AI

Lyrebird Voice-cloning AI

Bloomberg journalist Ashlee Vance sat down with the founders of Lyrebird, a startup developing artificial intelligence tech that can learn the sound of any human voice, then make it say anything. Amazing, yet creepy stuff. Try an early version here.

Google AI Makes an Appointment

Google AI Makes an Appointment

Google’s AI is getting really, really real. Check out this clip from Google I/O ’18 where CEO Sundar Pichai shows off Google Assistant’s future Duplex capability – which can actually call and make an appointment on your behalf, complete with human conversational skills.

NVIDIA AI Photo Retouching

NVIDIA AI Photo Retouching

For those of you us spend a lot of time in Photoshop, you know how useful the Spot Healing brush is for touching up images. But we’d like to get our hands on this software from NVIDIA researchers who came up with a more sophisticated method using deep learning tech.

AI Plays Galaga

AI Plays Galaga

Galaga is one of our favorite ’80s arcade games. We still load it up on our MAME cabinet and play it. Now, it turns out our high score is threatened by artificial intelligence. Watch as LearnFun and PlayFun’s AI figures out the game’s tactics, and becomes an expert player.

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Fooling Image Recognition Tech

Fooling Image Recognition Tech

Modern image recognition technology is getting really good at identifying objects. But engineers at MIT CSAIL show us how simply playing with their textures can confuse the AI into thinking an object is something completely different than what it actually is.

Do Machines Make Art?

Do Machines Make Art?

The Art Assignment argues that whether it be something as primitive as bones or as advanced as a neural network, there’s always a human touch at the root of all machines used to make art. We like to think of it from the other end: art is unfinished until a human mind ponders it.

Infinite Anime Characters

Infinite Anime Characters

Disproportionately big eyes, a sailor’s outfit, colorful hair… these are but a few of the trademark characteristics of girls in anime. Over at MakeGirlsMoe, computer learning algorithms can generate a nearly infinite set of anime characters, as seen in the video here.

Meet Sophia: Advanced Prototype

Meet Sophia: Advanced Prototype

We were totally convinced that this was a promo clip for a science fiction movie, but we’ve been assured that Hanson Robotics is real, and they’ve actually built Sophia, an uncanny self-learning android AI to haunt our nightmares. She sounds infinitely smarter than she looks.

DeepMind Learns to Walk

DeepMind Learns to Walk

Google’s DeepMind artificial intelligence algorithms recently were used in an experiment where a stick figure learned to walk all by itself. But Andreas Almström couldn’t leave well enough alone, and added appropriately disturbing sound effects to the silent video.

How Do Machines Learn?

How Do Machines Learn?

Ever wanted to know how the algorithms that drive modern computer systems and robots actually work? CGP Grey provides a pretty solid layperson’s primer to the concepts of machine learning and artificial intelligence in this informative video.

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